Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Great Great Grandpa Charlie had a Masonic Funeral

My great great grandfather, Charles F. Steen, died in Sandusky, Ohio on August 9, 1933. After taking another look at his obituary, which appeared in the August 10, 1933 issue of the Sandusky Register, I realized that he had strong Masonic affiliations. His obituary stated that he had been a member of Science Lodge, No. 50, F. and A.M., Sandusky City Chapter, No. 26 R. and S.M., Erie Commandery, No. 23, Knights Templar, and the Toledo Consistory. He was also a past president of the Erie County Agricultural Association.

Friends and family were invited to call on the family of Charles F. Steen at the family residence at 517 Wayne Street, on Saturday, August 12, and at 2 p.m. funeral services were held at the Masonic Temple in Sandusky where funeral services were held under the auspices of the Erie Commandery, Knights Templar, with Rev. C.L. Alspach officiating.

My great great grandfather Charles F. Steen was buried in the North Ridge section of Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Grandpa Steen looks so wise. I think he worked very hard in his youth, and then was loved very much by his wife Sarah's extended family. How I wish I could have met him!

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